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Dive Review of Rocio del Mar in
Mexico (Western)/Sea of Cortez

Rocio del Mar: "Sea of Cortez in the Wake of Odile", Sep, 2014,

by Mark Kimmey, NY, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 8005.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving New York, Hawaii, California, Kwajalein, Florida, Grenada, Bonaire, Caymans, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Belize, Mexico, Australia
Closest Airport Phoenix, AZ Getting There You're pretty much at the mercy of US Airways from most of the United States, and flight options from the East Coast aren't the greatest. Shop around, be prepared to stay overnight in Phoenix coming or going, hopefully not both.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas currents
Water Temp 80 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 10 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Daylight dives are strictly limited to 60 minutes, nighttime to 50: necessary and even courteous because it’s not fair for divers who exit the water early to have to wait in the hot sun for the few amphibians. The recommendation for sunblock, hats and sunglasses on the pangas is a good one.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales > 2
Corals N/A Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Large, well-appointed camera table on the dive deck, with air hoses and plenty of light. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments 110’ long, 25’ beam, custom-built for diving rather than a retrofit, and specifically made to handle the trip out to the Socorros, which is a 26-hour crossing from San Jose del Cabo. The boat has a bulbous bow and is additionally stabilized with outrigger trolling plates. She hosts 20 divers in 10 cabins (only 18 this trip).

“Head Out to Rocky Point” shuttles divers from Phoenix to the Rocio del Mar at Puerto Penasco, stopping in Ajo for lunch and collection of fares, then crossing the border at Lukeville. The border crossing there is smooth both ways, takes only a couple of minutes and was certainly not the goat-rope you expect when you go through between San Diego and Tijuana. There are two DHS checkpoints on Hwy 85 north of the border crossing, by the way.

We had heard that the Rocio del Mar was a serious diver’s boat: durable, comfortable without a lot of unnecessary frills, a know-what-you’re-about sort of thing, and that was pretty accurate. I wouldn’t advise non-divers or snorkelers to tag along on this one. Passages are tight, especially the access to the ladder going down to the galley and mess/dining room one deck below what we came to think of as the “main” deck, on which both the dive deck and all but two of the passenger cabins were found. Having the galley and dining room as low as possible was great: it was far more stable being below the waterline, and the galley was by far the most impressive I’ve seen on a liveaboard, certainly the largest, and the cook, Pancho, created some excellent meals for us there.

Drinks are included, beer and wine were normally served with dinner and were available at other times if you were finished diving for the day. A liquor cabinet in the “TV room” was adequately stocked.

The boat generates potable freshwater, but the crew advises against drinking it from the faucets, recommending instead that we drink bottled water or fill provided covered tumblers from dispensers on the dive deck and in the dining room. They even recommended against using it for brushing teeth.

Cabins are tight. We had one of the two cabins forward, complete with an odd, trapezoidal-shaped double bed that sloped up toward the bow. The mattress is of the “memory foam” type, where you sink in and I’ll bet it’s pretty comfortable for the crossing to the Socorros. Pillows were decent, better than m ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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